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Final Fantasy IV: Tsuki no Akari summary

This interesting release also comes with a DVD. Is it a demo/movie/thing? Or is it something cool? Chances are it's just promo for the DS remake of Final Fantasy IV, but that's not going to stop being speculating.

One can only assume that Tsuki no Akari or month of light (as I like to translate it, don't take it to heart) is a vocal rendition of either an existing FFIV piece or a song written based on the themes that were so prevalent in the title. Whatever it is, I'm going to have to get hold of it to see, Nakano & Fukui arranging? Unusual to say the least.

Final Fantasy: S Generation: Official Best Collection summary

After deciding to bring Final Fantasy 1987-1994 to the States in the form of N Generation, Tokyopop decided to take things a step further by giving the same treatment to a more recent slew of Final Fantasy releases. S Generation serves as a companion album to N Generation, and prides itself on the same concept behind its partner: to compile a "best of" tracklist, this time from the soundtracks of Final Fantasy VII through Final Fantasy IX.

Final Fantasy: N Generation: Official Best Collection summary

N Generation is, simply, the American mirror of Final Fantasy 1987-1994 as published by Tokyopop. The reflection is not completely identical, however; Evidently, the publisher saw fit to rework the disc's packaging in order to assert some sense of originality (or perhaps save face). As with the original album, this 16-track disc comes chock-full of nostalgia: a wonderful compilation of various classic Final Fantasy themes. No track comes directly from its source game, but each is instead an arrangement of some kind. Indeed, one might even say that N Generation attempts to derive a "Best Of" tracklist from the plethora of arranged Final Fantasy tracks. While a track count of sixteen is far too small to accomplish such a task, this album nonetheless makes for an impressive listen and a convenient playlist.

Ten Plants summary

Ten Plants summary

Enter Ten Plants, a collaborative album involving a plethora reputable game music composers. Fans of the industry will no doubt recognize the prolific Nobuo Uematsu, Hitoshi Sakimoto, and Shinji Hosoe (to name a few). Obscure artists poke their heads into the compilation as well, such as the Thelonius Monkeys. Although unexpected, their pieces lock perfectly into place on the album and provide for a new experience, even to game music fanatics. The music itself encompasses a staggering scope, from folksy chants and enigmatic ambience to seamless electronica and upbeat, quirky vocals ala Katamari Damacy. This may imply a schizoid experience, but the opposite is actually true. Each track subtly weaves in an organic tone, creating a unifying theme throughout the compositions in spite of stylistic variance. Imagine, if you will, the rejuvenating smell of fresh vegetables as they line the rows of a garden (or the shelves of a local supermarket, for the urban folks). The songs themselves cultivate a similarly refreshing experience for the listener's earbuds. In the event of grim times or even a rainy day, Ten Plants will surely brighten the mood with its lovable aura.

E3 2007 - Square Enix gesticulates in regards to Revenant Wings bonus content

Square Enix communicated through wavy, fluttering hand gestures to reporters attending E3 that the English-language localization of Final Fantasy XII Revenant Wings will feature new content, including an added boss battle and gameplay tweaks. Director Motomu Toriyama comments, "The North American release will provide a completely different gameplay experience than the original domestic release." Read on

The Seventh Seal: Sailing to the World Piano Score summary

Don't let the release date fool you; this arranged album turned out to be quite real. I'm sure that the promise of a Chrono Cross Guitar Arrangement would have one believing otherwise, but trust us on this one. Four years following the original printing of Sailing to the World, piano mastermind Masashi Hamauzu undertakes the task of arranging Yasunori Mitsuda's compositions. The result? Usual piano arrangement ritual: reworked tracks commiting themselves to the elegance of the originals, complete with the sacrifice of boldness in exchange for that subdued resplendence only made possible by the instrument. Indeed, while the arranger ensures that the album's melody lines are asserted, his work also involves slithering through mazes of subtleties and nuances to offer a refreshing experience to the listener. Also, although she is but a fledgling making her way into the music industry, player Naoko Endo soars with her performance on the piano. 'Typical' it may be, but this is no flawed descriptor when it comes to piano arrange albums. Fans of Sailing to the World should not hesitate to pick it up.

Graffiti Kingdom: Hako no Niwa summary

Yasunori Mitsuda: a composer who needs no introduction. Over the years, his compositions for games have garnered an impressive embodiment of attention and acclaim in the game music community. Alas, in spite of being an artist of this caliber, his discography is not without hidden gems. Hako no Niwa is one such gem, oft trampled upon by hoards of fanboys in their frenzied rush to hear the likes of the ever-popular scores to Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, and Xenogears.

This is unfortunate, because Hako no Niwa boasts a similarly powerful listening experience. While the album's approach is riddled with minimalism, this feature is no detriment. The tracks utilize an enveloping simplicity that, while slightly superficial in comparison to the composer's well-known work, does not seek to sacrifice memorability. Mitsuda asserts his playful side in Hako no Niwa, engrossing the listener in a realm of innocence where they need not scrutinize the music, but instead appreciate each track for what it is.

GAME: Game & Anime Music Emotions summary

GAME features Piano Squall's performance of twenty-six themes from videogames and anime, including Final Fantasy, Naruto, Super Mario World, InuYasha, Chrono Trigger, Cowboy Bebop, Mega Man, Chrono Cross, Full Metal Alchemist, Tetris, and Evangelion. Check out the Free Demo to hear some GAME highlights! The videogame publisher Electronic Arts partnered with Piano Squall and will donate an amount equal to 20% of all profits from GAME to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Where Angels Fear to Tread: A Conversation with Hiroki Kikuta

Hiroki Kikuta is the music composer behind Square action RPGs Secret of Mana and Seiken Denstesu 3. Just as his electronic music for Square left a lasting impression on the era of 16-bit games, his live orchestral tracks found in Soukaigi and Koudelka are among the most original songs created for the Playstation console. Today Square Haven talks with the composer and game designer about his latest album, Lost Files, and the future of Hiroki Kikuta. Read on

Rogue Galaxy: Premium Arrange summary

Rogue Galaxy Premium Arrange brings together several of game music's most well-respected composers in arranging Tomohito Nishiura's themes from the Treasure-developed Rogue Galaxy. Among those involved in the high-quality remixes include Yasunori Mitsuda, who performs on the bouzouki, Shinji Hosoe, Kenji Ito, Takayuki Aihara, YĆ“ko Shimomura, Norihiko Hibino, Motoi Sakuraba, Nobuyoshi Sano, Yoshitaka Hirota, and Noriyuki Iwadare.

Shadow Hearts: Original Soundtrack plus 1 summary

Shadow Hearts Original Soundtrack is music composing debut of Yoshitaka Hirota, together with songs by renowned Square composer Yasunori Mitsuda. The two disc soundtrack features atmospheric sounds, strange and fascinating instrument combinations, and memorable melodies in the vain of the game series' spiritual predecessor Koudleka.

Voices from Final Fantasy: Final Fantasy Premium Orchestra Concert summary

Voices from Final Fantasy is a DVD recording of arranged orchestral music from the Final Fantasy series performed live in Yokohama, Japan on February 18, 2006. The music is composed by Nobuo Uematsu and arranged by such renowned musicians as Shiro Hamaguchi, Masashi Hamauzu, and Arnie Roth. Musical director Arnie Roth conducts the orchestra during the two-hour concert, which includes highlights from the twenty-year history of Final Fantasy. Nobuo Uematsu himself serves as emcee.

Gradius V: Original Soundtrack summary

Gradius V marks Hitoshi Sakimoto's triumphant return to the shooters genre. Throughout the soundtrack the composer pays tribute to the classic themes of the Konami sidescrollers, upon which the design of Quest shoot-em-up Magical Chase was based. Sakimoto told Cocoebiz regarding the soundtrack, "I love Gradius and played it a lot. I was heavily influenced by music from the series. It was a great honor to work on a title like this, also somewhat intimidating. For Gradius V, I didn't really think too much about the previous music in the series. I was given specific stylistic requests from Konami, so while keeping those in mind I tried to work in my own personal composition method." Comparing the boss music from Life Force to the composer's arrangement for the Playstation 2 title, the remixed track retains the essence of the original, while updating the theme for a new generation console. The soundtrack is a blast for old school enthusiasts and Sakimoto fans alike.

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